WASIM’S WISDOM GIVES WOOD WINGS
LUKE WOOD launched his international career this week with advice from the great Wasim Akram fresh in his memory. For a left-armer, there can be no more revered mentor than the former Pakistan fast bowler. ‘As a kid, him and Ryan Sidebottom were my two that I looked up to, and I got to speak to him when I was over here at the Pakistan Super League in February, so that was pretty cool,’ Wood reflected, following a debut three-for-24 in the opening match of the Twenty20 international series here.
‘We spoke about bowling and he did a little bit at Lancashire earlier this year and we had another chat, so I got a few tips from him then. He’s not telling you how to bowl, he’s suggesting little things you could think about, like plans.’ England’s pace attack could be limited for today’s first of two matches in 24 hours as Richard Gleeson, one of their stand-by players for the World Cup, was being assessed last night after discomfort in a leg restricted him to two overs during the opener.